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HMS Mission

To create and nurture a diverse community of the best people committed to leadership in alleviating human suffering caused by disease


Established September 19, 1782


Barbara J. McNeil, MD
Acting Dean of the Harvard University Faculty of Medicine


Number of hospital-based clinical departments 56

HMS by the Numbers 2015-16

Total faculty 11,751
Tenured and tenure-track faculty on the HMS campus in 10 preclinical departments 151
Voting faculty on campus and at affiliates 5,686
Full-time faculty on campus and at affiliates 9,443
Nobel Prizes (cumulative) in Medicine or Physiology, Peace 9 prizes, 15 recipients
Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators (current) 37
National Academy of Medicine members (current) 147
National Academy of Sciences members (current) 68
Total MD students 710
Total PhD students 799
     MD-PhD students (included in MD and PhD counts)
     Basic Sciences 167
     Social Sciences 14
Total DMD students 142
Total MMSc students 141
Total DMSc students 32
Trainees (residents and postdoctoral fellows) 9,071


Entering MD students, 2015:

MD (includes 14 MD–PhD students) 165

Applicants 6,113
Admitted 225 (3.7%)
Matriculated (includes 14 MD-PhD students) 165
Men 82 (50%)
Women 83 (50%)
Underrepresented in medicine (African-American, Native American, Hispanic, Mexican-American) 27 (16%)
Asian 57 (35%)

Entering PhD, DMD and MMSc students, 2015:

PhD 139
DMD 35
MMSc 58
DMSc 6

Additional joint-degree programs:

Medical school alumni 9,850 (MD and MMSc degrees)

MD Financial Aid (Fiscal Year 2016)

Average scholarship $44,300
Annual unit loan $33,050 (entering students); $30,400 (2nd year students); $28,300 (3rd year students); $26,950 (4th year students)
Students receiving financial aid (excluding MD–PhD students) 75%
(2014-15) Students graduating with loans 110
(2014-15) Average loan debt at graduation $111,585
Range of debt (Class of 2015) $8,500–$282,144

Tuition and Fees (2015–2016)

Tuition $55,850
Fees $4,025

Tuition and Fees (2016–2017)

Tuition $58,050
Fees $4,311

Affiliated Hospitals and Research Institutions

Centers, Divisions and Institutes


The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine comprises the Harvard Medical School library and Boston Medical Library

Special Collections (available through Countway)

History of medicine (802 incunabula)

European books printed 16th–20th centuries

English books published 1475–20th century, American books 18th–20th centuries, Bostoniana

Medical Hebraica and Judaica 14th–20th centuries

Manuscripts and archives, especially of New England origin (20 million items)

Medical library of Oliver Wendell Holmes (900 titles)

Warren Library of early works in surgery (2,000 volumes)

Friedrich Tiedemann collection of anatomy and physiology (4,000 items)

Historical Collection in Radiology

National Archives of Plastic Surgery

Medical prints, photographs and artwork (35,000)

Renowned collection of medical medals (6,000)

Archives of Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health

The Archives for Women in Medicine


Nobel Laureates

Fifteen researchers have shared in nine Nobel prizes for work done while at HMS.
George Minot and William P. Murphy, 1934, Physiology or Medicine
Research on liver treatment of the anemias
Fritz A. Lipmann, 1953, Physiology or Medicine
Identified coenzyme A and discovered basic principles of the way cells generate energy
John F. Enders, Frederick C. Robbins* and Thomas H. Weller, 1954, Physiology or Medicine
Application of tissue-culture methods to the study of viral diseases, such as polio
Baruj Benacerraf, 1980, Physiology or Medicine
Discovered genetically determined structures on the surface of immune system cells that regulate immunological reactions
David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel, 1981, Physiology or Medicine
Research on information processing in the visual system
Herbert Abrams, Eric Chivian and James Muller (with Bernard Lown of the Harvard School of Public Health), 1985, Peace
Cofounders, with Evgueni Chazov, Leonid Ilyin, and Mikhail Kuzin from the Soviet Union, of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
Joseph E. Murray, 1990, Physiology or Medicine
Developed procedures for organ and cell transplantation in humans (with E. Donnall Thomas, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)
Linda Buck**, 2004, Physiology or Medicine
Discovered odorant receptors and the organization of the olfactory system, explaining the sense of smell (with Richard Axel, Columbia University)
Jack Szostak, 2009, Physiology or Medicine
The discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase (with Elizabeth Blackburn, University of California, San Francisco, and Carol Greider, Johns Hopkins University)

*Robbins was awarded the Nobel Prize for work done while a member of the Harvard Faculty. When the award was made, he was a member of the faculty of Western Reserve University.

**Buck was awarded the Nobel Prize for work done, in part, while a member of the Harvard faculty. When the award was made, she was a member of the faculty of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Fundraising Highlights

Harvard Medical School counts on a generous philanthropic community to empower our mission to alleviate human suffering caused by disease. The highlight of the fiscal year was the launch of The World Is Waiting: The Campaign for Harvard Medicine, a transformative $750 million fundraising initiative focused on helping people live longer, healthier lives.

The School’s circle of supporters—made up of more than 3,500 alumni, board members, volunteers, faculty, staff, foundations, corporations and friends—gave nearly $95 million in fiscal year 2015 to support the campaign’s four priorities: education, discovery, service and leadership.

In education, these gifts are making it possible for us to continue to attract and accept the best and brightest students, regardless of their ability to pay; they enable us to create modern, sophisticated spaces for teaching and learning and help us expand our post-graduate and external and global education programs. In the area of discovery, these gifts propel the largest biomedical research engine in the world, from rethinking the basic and clinical science needed to discover, develop and deliver better drugs to advancing pathbreaking investigations in the areas of biochemistry, biomedical informatics, cell biology, genetics, immunology, molecular pharmacology, neurobiology and systems biology.

HMS service initiatives are being amplified through gifts that are helping us strengthen and transform health systems in the U.S. and abroad, including advancing the field of telemedicine, launching the new HealthCare Markets and Regulation Lab and addressing the unmet need for global surgical care. Finally, in the area of leadership, discretionary gifts provide the dean with the flexibility to invest in innovative ideas that have the greatest potential to improve human health.

Learn more about the impact of philanthropy through the School’s Honor Roll of Donors at http://hms.harvard.edu/honor-roll.
Discovery 42%
Service 27%
Leadership 20%
Education 11%

Financial Report

Harvard Medical School has achieved remarkable progress in advancing its mission while continuing to improve its financial standing. The School made promising new investments in greater learning opportunities through the newly created Office for External Education; in a redesign of our medical education curriculum, Pathways; and in the establishment of our new academic Department of Biomedical Informatics.

In May 2015, the School completed the closing of the New England Primate Research Center (NEPRC), and the associated financial results were reported as discontinued operations. HMS ended FY 2015 with a $31.8 million operating deficit compared to a $45.0 million deficit in 2014. We are pleased with the progress achieved and intend to continue to develop exciting programs within a sustainable financial model.

In FY 2015, operating revenues totaled $616 million, a decrease of $0.7 million compared to the previous year. While revenue from research grants decreased by 6 percent—a result of the NEPRC’s closing—the School benefited from generous current-use gifts, greater distribution of the endowment and new course tuition revenue.

Total operating expenses in FY 2015 decreased by $13.8 million, or 2.1 percent, to $648 million, attributable to the NEPRC closing. The School invested in new programs and in maintenance of the HMS campus infrastructure. It also has expanded support for information technology through a bold multiyear project that will reshape the School’s IT foundation, streamline service and create a more sustainable IT environment that will support both our medical curriculum and our pioneering biomedical research.

The unrestricted nature of gifts received in FY 2015 has allowed for the allocation of funds to support the School’s most strategic priorities and has enabled us to educate future leaders, advance science for the benefit of all, and maintain recognition as the leading academic medical center in the world.

FY 2015 Operating Revenue

Research grants and contracts $248,776,047 (40%)
Endowment distribution for operations $165,258,859 (27%)
Other revenues* $74,493,115 (12%)
Gifts for current use $54,512,116 (9%)
Rental income $51,593,518 (8%)
Tuition (net) $21,837,347 (4%)
Total $616,471,006
*Includes continuing medical education, publications, service income and royalties

FY 2015 Operating Expenses

Personnel costs $242,136,578 (37%)
Supplies and other expenses $191,785,219 (30%)
Research subcontracts and affiliates $85,934,666 (13%)
Plant operations and interest $83,212,035 (13%)
Depreciation $45,206,202 (7%)
Total $648,274,700

Buildings on Campus

South Quad

Main Quadrangle, opened 1906

Armenise Building, 1906 (named 2000)
Goldenson Building, 1906 (named 1994)

Gordon Hall of Medicine, 1906 (named 2000)
Tosteson Medical Education Center, 1906 (named 1997)

Francis A. Countway Library, 1965 (re-dedicated 2000)

Laboratory for Human Reproduction and Reproductive Biology, 1969

Seeley G. Mudd Building, 1977

Building E Addition, 1987
Warren Alpert Building, 1992 (named 1993)
Jeffrey Modell Immunology Center, 2007

North Quad

Vanderbilt Hall (student residence), 1927

Harvard Institutes of Medicine (named 1996)

New Research Building, 2003

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center (named 2007)

East Campus

160–164 Longwood Avenue (purchased 1959)
641 Huntington Avenue (purchased 1959)
180 Longwood Avenue (purchased 1976)
158 Longwood Avenue (purchased 2002)

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Main Building, 1909
New Research and Educational Building, 2005

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